"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"It’s horrific, trying to show the insanity and brutality of war. I couldn’t do it in a realistic fashion so it got kind of surreal. Even though I was responding to Vietnam, all these grotesques- these surreal images- are my response to war. That was my subject matter, and it still is. For the most part, one wouldn’t realize it was about Vietnam. You know, as they say, "It’s art because I say so," so it’s Vietnam because I say so, or Iraq because I say so."
- Nancy Spero